I am JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD. I am a mother, wife, scholar, educator, literacy advocate, and a children's book author. One of my charges includes working to combat the equity gap that exists within the educational system in the United States, and I believe addressing inequities within literacy is one way toward ameliorating the gap!
I grew up in Fresno, California where I was educated through the Fresno Unified School District. I was enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) program at Aynesworth Elementary school, then promoted to a magnet school called Edison Computech, and finally, to Sunnyside High School where I graduated as a valedictorian. During these years, I realized that I had a passion for writing (especially stories and poetry), dramatic arts, psychology and child development, and education. These passions led me to complete a BA in Psychology with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology from UCLA, an MA in Child Development from Sacramento State, and ultimately, to a PhD in Education at UC Davis.
I have spent most of my career learning about child development and how to support young learners, working with adults to educate them on children, as well as working with children in various settings ranging from Early Childhood Education environments, to expanded learning programs (Before and After School, Summer Programs, etc.).
I have a vast amount of experience within the field and thoroughly enjoy working with children of all ages, as well as adult learners! Some of my experience includes
JaNay's Children's Books
I currently have two picture books published, IMANI'S MOON (2014, Charlesbridge) and GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE: A COUNTING STORY (2017, Charlesbridge), with eight forthcoming books. I also have poems published in Highlights for Kids and Highlights High Five as well as a poem in the poetry anthology THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE.
If you want to learn more about my children's books, visit www.janaybrownwood.com
Using my voice, creativity, experience, and skills to advocate for children!